Coastal Waterbird Field Intern/ Traineeship - Multiple Locations 2021

Location: Multiple, MA
Sanctuary: Long Pasture , North River , Allens Pond , Felix Neck , Barnstable Great Marsh , Wellfleet Bay

The Coastal Waterbird Program at Mass Audubon is seeking to enroll shorebird monitoring trainees to gain experience and skills in endangered species management, coastal nesting bird ecology, field research and environmental education.  Trainees will be mentored by Mass Audubon staff in the monitoring and management of Piping Plovers, Least and Common Terns, and American Oystercatchers.  Activities will include construction and maintenance of protective fencing, wildlife tracking, educating the public about endangered species conservation, and research.  Trainees will be assigned to 1-6 sites, where they will have the opportunity to experience a variety of coastal habitats.

For more information:

Multiple positions based at:

  • Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable MA (covering field sites in Nantucket, Cape Cod, Boston, Wareham and the North Shore)
  • South Beach, Chatham (*note this position requires living in a remote camp setting on a barrier beach)
  • South Shore Sanctuaries, Marshfield MA (covering field sites from Plymouth to Hull)
  • Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Dartmouth MA (covering field sites Westport to Dartmouth),
  • Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet MA (covering field sites Truro to Chatham)
  • Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown MA (covering field sites on Martha’s Vineyard)


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a strong interest in wildlife management and conservation biology
  • Applicants should have good communication (oral, written) skills
  • Must be able to work long hours outside in all weather conditions and be able to lift and carry up to 40lbs across varied and sandy terrain
  • Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and irregular hours (dependent upon wildlife and weather)
  • Must have access to a vehicle for daily driving between sites
  • Preference will be given to applicants pursuing a career/degree in wildlife biology/management, ecology, zoology, environmental science, biology, or related field, however all are encouraged to apply
  • Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver’s).

Compensation and Benefits

This is an unpaid internship.  Field travel reimbursement will be provided.  For more information, visit

Additional Comments

Commitment: A minimum of 10 weeks (including most weekends and the 4th of July holiday), beginning no later than mid-May 2021.  Trainees should expect to commit to a maximum of 35 hours per week.

In addition to submitting your resume, cover letter and references, please complete a short cover page questionnaire at Your application will not be processed without completion/ receipt of all of the items above. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as interviews will begin in January, and positions will be filled by May 11, 2021.


How to Apply

Please send a cover letter (specify position(s) for which you are applying and dates of availability), resume and list of three references via email to: 

Coastal WaterBird Jobs
Job# 2204

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